The TDB Family Foundation was inspired by a simple belief – Kindness Matters. In a world that often seems so fractured and divided, we wanted to honor the individuals and organizations that are offering a compelling counternarrative. Individuals who see the needs of others and respond with intentional acts of compassion and charity. Visionaries who have a dream of a world that is infused with compassion and empathy. Organizations who have created models that reinforce practices and structures that support well-being and resilience. Artists and creatives who provide a lens of hope to help us see the best in other people and envision a world we all want to live in.
The TDB Family Foundation was formed to help under-served communities thrive by inspiring and enabling acts of kindness and messages of hope. With a focus on the arts as a powerful vehicle for change, our foundation collaborates with non-profits to deliver programs that change lives. The foundation’s initial focus is on films that inspire hope, music that celebrates excellence, and programs that reach targeted needs of under-served communities. The goal of the foundation is to fuel these efforts and their impact. Listed below are some of the areas of emphasis for our foundation work.
- Lens of Hope Films – Partnering with Film Events to Shine a Light on Social Impact Work
- Creating Pathways to the Arts and Educational Opportunities for Underserved Communities
- Supporting Mental Health, Well Being, and Resiliency
- Kindness Matters – Highlighting the Research and Celebrating Stories of Kindness
- There’s No Place Like Home – Supporting the Connections that Create Healthy Families
As a new foundation, we look forward to partnering with passionate creatives with the vision and expertise to make the world a better and kinder place for all.
Terri Bullock, President and Founder
In 2020, at a time when relationships in our world were even more fractured than normal, Terri decided to conduct her own personal social experiment. She realized she knew many individuals who had the ability to provide a healing alternative to the problem. She selected 50 friends and acquaintances, sent each of them a generous check and enlisted them to be “Kindness Ambassadors.” She asked them to find ways to spread kindness. This was the genesis of what is now the TDB Family Foundation. Terri’s passion for using the arts, particularly film, as a powerful and creative vehicle to inform and motivate the community in important issues was the driving force behind Windrider Bay Area and is continuing in the TDB Family Foundation.
She’s been an active volunteer for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, for the Parents of Alumni Committee for Menlo School and on the board of the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. Previously, she worked for twenty years in wholesale banking and finance for Wells Fargo Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank and in investment advising for The Savant Investment Group. She presently serves on the Board of Directors for Music@Menlo and the Advisory Board of UCLA Anderson’s Center for Impact. Terri has a BA in English from the University of the Pacific, an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a Certified and Licensed Financial Planner.
Will Stoller-Lee, Executive Director
Will has had an extensive career working in the nonprofit, education, film, and community partnership space. He is a co-founder of the Windrider Film Forum, a one-of-a-kind immersive educational event that brings students to the Sundance Film Festival to engage in conversation about faith and film. He was also an integral part of the leadership team who launched the Windrider Bay Area event in 2010 and served as the Program Director for 14 years. From 1995-2019, he was the director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s regional campus in Colorado Springs. Most recently Will was the Director of Community Impact for Greccio Housing, an affordable housing nonprofit in Colorado Springs, CO.
Will has also been actively involved as a volunteer in the local community including serving on numerous nonprofit boards in Colorado Springs. Currently, he serves as the co-chair for the Youth Documentary Academy, the program chair for The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance, and as the board chair for the Dale House Project. Previously, he served on the board of the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue, was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Centura Health Clinical Pastoral Education and Chaplaincy Training, and spent many seasons as a volunteer coach for Park and Recreation Youth Baseball. Will has a BA in History from Colorado College and an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Wendy Iverson Chute, Team Member
Wendy has loved literature and film since she majored in English in Washington State. She worked as a copywriter in a Seattle Advertising Agency and as a paralegal for patent law firms in San Francisco and Palo Alto. After ‘retiring’ to raise a family, Wendy has played an active role as a volunteer in her son and daughter’s schools and sports teams. She currently shares her love of reading with East Palo Alto first graders as a reading aide. She’s an avid tennis player, loves hiking and traveling with her family and is proud to be a member of the TDB Family Foundation Team.
Maureen Garrett, Team Member
Maureen joins the TDB Family Foundation team after being involved with Windrider Bay Area since its inception in 2010, helping with Volunteer Coordination and Corporate Solicitations. Maureen is the Chief Development Officer for CuriOdyssey, a serious science museum and zoo which provides early STEM education through programs, exhibits, and wildlife experiences. The nonprofit’s mission is to inspire love for science and curiosity about the world to create a brighter future. Maureen and her husband Bill, an attorney in Palo Alto, have three children and live in San Carlos.
Mara Grimes, Team Member
With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and arts education arena, Mara brings extensive donor/sponsor relationship and fundraising knowledge and skill to the team. Recently, she worked with the San Mateo County Arts Commission to develop their strategic plan, managed the Post-It-Note Community Mural Project for the opening of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and taught art 4-5 classes in under-resourced schools in San Mateo. Mara has been actively involved in her local community through numerous volunteer and board positions. She’s an avid arts advocate, loves reading, gardens/gardening, cooking, drumming circles, spending time with family and friends and is delighted to be a member of the TDBFF Team.
Amy Hawman, Team Member
Amy has a lifelong passion for film and a desire to foster greater community engagement around critical topics facing society today. Amy has spent the past 30 years working as a technology marketer and strategist for a variety of large and start-up companies, and she’s looking forward to applying her skills with the TDB Family Foundation. Amy has been a past volunteer on fundraising activities at her children’s school. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, as well as exercising, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors.
Julie Mell, Team Member
Julie has been a passionate independent film lover her entire life. Her passion for excellence in independent films has become more discriminating and sophisticated as a result of attending the renowned Sundance Film Festival for over 25 years now. Julie launched Beach Break Entertainment at the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown in August, 2020. Beach Break Entertainment became a silver lining of the pandemic, as its screenings provided a welcome opportunity for the California Coastside community and beyond to enjoy a safe, coastal respite in the form of a nostalgic family or date night at a pop-up drive-in cinema experience. Julie’s creativity, positivity, and the hometown personal touches she integrates into each of her screenings so that attendees feel special led to the creation of Movies on Main in 2021, serving as an integral component of the downtown Half Moon Bay and Coastside post-pandemic economic recovery initiative. Julie served as a volunteer for Windrider Bay Area for 10 years and Associate Director of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival.
John Stewart, Team Member
John Stewart was raised in the Midwest and attended the University of Wisconsin earning a Master of Architecture degree. He moved to Bay Area in 1979 and opened his practice in 1982. His son Jason is taking over the office. We specialize in Custom Residential Design. John also volunteers with American Institute of Architects, Architectural Advisory Commission in Redwood City and Residential Design Committee in San Carlos. John has been an active volunteer for Windrider Bay Area for years and is looking forward to being a part of the TDB Family Foundation team.
Regina Susa, Team Member
Regina is inspired to be part of a thought-provoking community foundation that will engage and motivate others. Regina is a private banking professional with more than 20 years of relationship management experience. She is currently responsible for working with a team of experts to deliver a full range of financial solutions and expertise to high net worth individuals and families. Regina and her husband Steve, a Menlo Park Fire Captain, live in Belmont with their daughter and son. She has been an active volunteer with her children’s schools and sports teams. In addition to spending time with her family, Regina enjoys entertaining friends, running, hiking, cooking, and reading.